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January 23, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Texas district considers academy for highly gifted students
    The Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston is considering whether to create a highly gifted academy in grades K-4 for district students with IQ scores of 145 and above. The district serves students who are gifted with accelerated programs and by bringing in consultants and part-time teachers. Lynette Breedlove, director of advanced academic studies, told school board members that highly gifted students have special needs and an academy would increase peer interaction among this student group. Houston Community Newspapers/Memorial Examiner (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartReport on EdTech: The Back-to-School Issue
SmartReport on EdTech is your back-to-school guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Educational Leadership 
  • National Board Certification sets high bar for special educators
    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, has specific standards in place -- created for teachers by teachers -- for special educators, writes National Board Certified Teacher Renee Moore. In this blog post, the second in a series on National Board Certification, Moore writes that part of those standards include advocating for students with special needs. Teacher Leaders Network (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Teaching students to think twice before posting images online
    In this blog post, Ontario educator Lisa Noble describes how she sought to teach her sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students why they should think twice before they post candid photos taken at school on the Internet. The urge to share such images with friends on social networks can put the safety of other students at risk, she writes -- a point made more real for students during a classroom visit from a fellow student with special needs. Powerful Learning Practice (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • How far must schools go to accommodate food allergies?
    The Justice Department recently reached a settlement with a college in Massachusetts after a student complained that the school would not provide an exemption from the required meal plan, even though the student could not eat the food because of a gluten allergy. The college now will serve gluten-free options and take other steps to ensure compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some say this decision could leave schools, restaurants and other venues more open to lawsuits regarding the food they serve. Others are concerned the decision may go too far in expanding the law's reach. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/The Associated Press (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • More parents provide independent homes for adults with disabilities
    Six families with adult children with disabilities have formed a nonprofit to build and staff an independent living home for their children. Nationwide, parents with similar circumstances are creating nonprofits or partnerships with churches, universities and other agencies to provide arrangements for their children. "And as government continues to shrink, it becomes even more important that families look at other sustainable models," Tony Paulauski of the Arc of Illinois said. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts see uptick in ADHD diagnosis among U.S. children
    A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among children increased 24% between 2001 and 2010. According to the data, 5.6% of white children were diagnosed with ADHD, compared with 4.1% of black children, 2.5% of Hispanic children and 1.2% of Asian/Pacific Islander children. Boys had triple the risk of ADHD compared with girls, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Registration now open for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo
    Join us April 3-6, 2013, in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, the largest professional-development event dedicated to special and gifted education. Educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as common core state standards, autism spectrum disorders, policy, technology and response to intervention. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEC's Policy Insider blog and e-mail digest
    Subscribe to CEC's free weekly e-mail digest of CEC's Policy Insider Blog, which features real-time information about the special- and gifted-education issues Congress and the Obama Administration are considering. View the blog and sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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